Gayatri Parameswaran

Writer | Director | Producer | Co-Founder / NowHere Media

Gayatri Parameswaran is an award winning writer, director and producer of immersive works. She was born and raised in India and is currently based in Berlin, where she co-founded NowHere Media -- a storytelling studio that views contemporary issues through a critical lens. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Festival de Cannes, HotDocs, United Nations and beyond. She is a Sundance New Frontier alumnus, has won the ‘Storyscapes Award for Best Immersive’ at Tribeca,  ‘Best Use of Immersive Arts’ at SXSW and the Lumiere Award for ‘Best VR documentary’ among other accolades. Gayatri is a guest lecturer at universities such as the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft (HMKW) and Züricher Hochschule der Kunst (ZHdK).

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Case Study: Kusunda - The Art of Using Interactive VR to Engage the Audience

Gayatri Parameswaran, Co-Founder, NowHere Media, Germany I Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme & Endangered Languages Archive, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany

What makes a language fall asleep? What does it take to awaken one? Kusunda is a voice-driven virtual reality experience about revitalising a dormant indigenous language in Nepal. Creators at NowHere Media -- a leading immersive studio for impact driven storytelling -- embarked on a long co-creative journey with members of the Kusunda community to produce the VR experience, which recently won the Grand Jury Storyscapes Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. [...]